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Powering up

From: Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5)

Video: Powering up

It may seem strange to devote an entire movie to turning your camera on, but a lot of things happen when you power up your camera, and it's important to understand what they are and how you can alter them. Because the lens of a camera is removable, it's possible for dust to get inside the camera body and get on the sensor. If that happens, you will see smudges and spots and things on your images. There is a clear filter in front of the image sensor in your camera, so dust never actually gets on the sensor itself but gets on that filter instead.

Powering up

It may seem strange to devote an entire movie to turning your camera on, but a lot of things happen when you power up your camera, and it's important to understand what they are and how you can alter them. Because the lens of a camera is removable, it's possible for dust to get inside the camera body and get on the sensor. If that happens, you will see smudges and spots and things on your images. There is a clear filter in front of the image sensor in your camera, so dust never actually gets on the sensor itself but gets on that filter instead.

When you turn the camera on, it shakes that filter at very high speed to shake off any dust. There is a sticky piece of tape or something beneath the filter that traps any dust bits that fall off, and there are a number of ways that you can rearrange and customize that cleaning function. You've probably spotted the power switch already. It's this Of/On thing right here, the switch next to the mode dial. Just switch it to the On position. You won't see much happen. You may see this red light, light up. This is the Read/Write activity light, so anytime the camera is reading or writing to the card, it will light this up.

Now at power-up, it's not actually writing any data to the card, but it does check to see that it's there, so that's why we were getting a little activity there. And obviously the LCD screen lights up, and we will be looking in great detail at what the various things are that happen on the screen. If you are not using your flash a lot and if you're not using the LCD screen a lot--maybe you are reviewing images after every shot, doing a little bit of image review but not sitting around watching it a whole lot--you ought to be able to get about 1600 shots off of a fully charged brand-new battery.

That will go down over time as the battery starts to wear out, but believe me that's a tremendous amount of shooting off of a single charge. This camera is very economical in its battery use. Something else that happens that you didn't see was that the sensor cleaned itself, and that same thing happens when you switch the camera off. But when you do that, it actually tells you that it's cleaning the sensor for a little bit. Something else to know: the sensor cleaning does take a little while, but if you switch the camera on and half-press the Shutter button, it immediately stops cleaning the sensor.

So that means you don't have to wait for the sensor to finish doing something before you can take a shot. Don't worry about the sensor cleaning. It will just be there doing its thing, and it will stay out of your way. As you will see later, there are some settings you can adjust to change how sensor cleaning works.

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Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5)

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  1. 5m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. What is an SLR?
      2m 39s
    3. How to use this course
      1m 53s
  2. 22m 33s
    1. Basic camera anatomy
      2m 39s
    2. Attaching a lens to your camera
      2m 36s
    3. Batteries and media cards
      2m 44s
    4. Powering up
      2m 38s
    5. Menu navigation and factory defaults
      4m 1s
    6. Setting the date and time
      1m 31s
    7. Setting the language
      1m 7s
    8. Formatting the media card
      2m 48s
    9. Holding the camera
      2m 29s
  3. 21m 23s
    1. Setting Auto mode
      4m 14s
    2. The viewfinder display
      5m 31s
    3. The LCD screen
      2m 15s
    4. Autofocus basics
      2m 38s
    5. Lens controls
      1m 17s
    6. Flash in Auto mode
      1m 26s
    7. Image review
      2m 28s
    8. Image playback
      1m 34s
  4. 21m 14s
    1. What Program mode does
      1m 57s
    2. Exposure compensation
      2m 15s
    3. Metering revisited
      1m 57s
    4. Changing ISO
      2m 51s
    5. Program shift
      2m 30s
    6. Image format and size
      4m 21s
    7. Creative Auto mode
      2m 20s
    8. The Info button
      1m 17s
    9. The Quick Control button
      1m 46s
  5. 6m 21s
    1. Manually selecting a focus point
      2m 33s
    2. Focus modes
      1m 19s
    3. Manual focus
      2m 29s
  6. 7m 30s
    1. Auto white balance
      1m 54s
    2. White balance presets
      2m 7s
    3. Manual white balance
      3m 29s
  7. 8m 56s
    1. Drive mode
      3m 16s
    2. The self-timer
      2m 19s
    3. Remote controls and Bulb mode
      3m 21s
  8. 19m 38s
    1. Metering modes
      2m 19s
    2. Exposure lock
      56s
    3. Aperture Priority mode
      2m 50s
    4. Depth-of-field preview
      2m 11s
    5. Shutter Priority mode
      2m 23s
    6. Manual mode
      2m 46s
    7. Auto exposure bracketing
      2m 34s
    8. Auto lighting optimizer
      1m 59s
    9. Peripheral illumination correction
      1m 40s
  9. 18m 0s
    1. Metadata display
      3m 2s
    2. LCD brightness
      52s
    3. Rotation
      1m 4s
    4. Rating images
      1m 43s
    5. Applying creative filters
      2m 6s
    6. Protecting and deleting images
      3m 26s
    7. File numbering options
      2m 51s
    8. Creating folders
      48s
    9. Copyright information
      2m 8s
  10. 4m 55s
    1. What is a scene mode?
      1m 8s
    2. Scene modes and image formats
      3m 47s
  11. 6m 34s
    1. Fill flash
      1m 2s
    2. Flash exposure compensation
      1m 52s
    3. Red-eye reduction
      1m 36s
    4. Night Portrait scene mode
      2m 4s
  12. 6m 59s
    1. Picture styles defined
      2m 7s
    2. Selecting a picture style
      1m 38s
    3. Adjusting predefined styles
      2m 20s
    4. Monochrome picture styles
      54s
  13. 13m 53s
    1. Activating Live view
      4m 42s
    2. Focusing in Live view
      5m 31s
    3. Aspect ratio
      1m 35s
    4. Live view's drawbacks
      2m 5s
  14. 12m 55s
    1. Configuring and activating video
      5m 17s
    2. Focusing
      4m 6s
    3. Exposure control
      2m 11s
    4. Movie playback
      1m 21s
  15. 15m 6s
    1. Custom menus
      2m 11s
    2. Custom functions
      1m 31s
    3. Exposure level increments
      1m 0s
    4. ISO expansion
      1m 8s
    5. Long exposure noise reduction
      1m 9s
    6. High ISO speed noise reduction
      1m 46s
    7. Highlight tone priority
      1m 53s
    8. AF-assist beam firing
      56s
    9. Mirror lockup
      1m 17s
    10. Shutter/AE Lock button
      2m 15s
  16. 4m 37s
    1. Camera and sensor cleaning
      1m 4s
    2. Operating conditions and temperatures
      2m 9s
    3. Firmware updates
      1m 24s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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